Are your kids bored? Are you? There are all kinds of new challenges with everyone staying at home so I thought I’d share a few ideas that came to mind recently about some things you might try to have a little fun. Maybe you can share this post and add some of your own ideas. I’ll start with a few and then add to them every few days.
POPCORN And A Movie. This may be something you already do, but you could add a new twist to it for fun. We use http://www.pluggedin.com to get information on movies or tv shows to find something appropriate for us, our kids and grandkids. Watch an appropriate movie and spend a few minutes together after the movie talking about the content. What did you think about ________? What would you do if you were in the same situation as ________? Did you think _____ was right or wrong in how they responded to _______? Etc.
PLAY & VIDEO MINUTE TO WIN IT GAMES – you can find websites describing games online. One of the many I found is https://teachmama.com/minute-win-games-kids-family/ I am not familiar with Amy Mascott who is the author of this site so I’m not recommending her writings, but her minute to win it ideas are good. Play the games and video them. If you get a funny or crazy video – share it.
GAME NIGHT CONTEST. When our kids were younger, we loved playing board games. LIFE was our favorite board game for a season. We played it often and kept a running tally of the highest score. Have a contest over the next few weeks or months while we’re all staying at home with a special prize for the person who ends up with the highest score in whatever game you play by a certain date.
PAPER AIRPLANES. Teach your kids how to make a paper airplane. Let them make & decorate their own planes then do some challenges with them inside or outside. Which plane can stay in the air the longest? Which plane can fly the greatest distance?
FRISBEE GOLF. Set up your own mini-course in your back or front yard with objects to hit and have an ongoing tournament.
SERVE SOMEONE. Let your kids know this is a difficult time for others too. Brainstorm ideas as a family about ways you can serve someone else and then choose one that’s appropriate (in light of COVID-19), and do it.
I’ll add some more ideas over the next few days. Hopefully, this will spur you to share some of your ideas.